Lucky escape after crash landing at Gamston

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THE pilot and passenger of a light aircraft had a lucky escape after they were forced to crash land on Sunday afternoon.

Fire crews were drafted in for back-up at Gamston Airport, Retford, after the aircraft reported a problem with its undercarriage.

Just after 12pm midday, as the plane was preparing to land, the pilot was unable to deploy the wheels.

The subsequent crash-landing causing damage to the aircraft but neither occupant was injured.

Two fire engines from Retford and one from Tuxford attended to support the airport’s own fire and rescue team.

They were at the scene for just over an hour, helping to cool the plane’s engines.

An airport investigation has been launched to find out what caused the accident.